William J. ‘BZ’
Joseph Zauner, 91, formerly of Brookfield, went to join his Father in
Heaven on Friday, Oct. 4, 2013. He was born on June 19, 1922, to the
late William K. and Theresa (nee: Andrietsch) Zauner in Milwaukee.
Bill served our country during World War II in the Army/Air Force. Bill
enlisted on Aug. 12, 1942, at the age of 20. He was a radio operator/
navigator and waist gunner on a B-17 bomber. He was stationed with the
91st Bomber Group, 323 Squadron at Bassingbourne, England. He was
honorably discharged with the rank of tech sergeant. Bill flew 35
bombing missions during the war and was awarded the following medals;
Air Medal, Oak Leaf Cluster, the Distinguished Flying Cross and a second
Oak Cluster. He was very proud of his military career and was an active
member of the 8th Air Force Historical Society, Wisconsin Chapter. He
thoroughly enjoyed spending time with his fellow veterans at quarterly
meetings and enjoyed giving talks to students and helping at various
Fly-ins in the area.
After returning from the war, Bill completed his business degree at the
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and married Andree Mitte in July of
1950. Bill worked for Edwards Motor Company as a car salesman, as Bill
said, he was a “car nut.” He later changed careers and worked as an
insurance underwriter for Prudential until his retirement. He received
numerous awards and commendations as a regional sales representative.
Bill loved to play golf and that was often his weekend activity. He also
enjoyed traveling and spending time with his family and friends.
On Sept. 6, 1983, Bill married Katherine “Katy” Bartkuhn (nee:
Bill is survived by his wife, Katherine; children Paula (Don) Theisen,
Meg Zauner, Kay Batzler, Laura Zauner, Ray (Pam) Zauner and Charlotte
Nichols; and stepchildren Scott (Judy) Bartkuhn and Cindy (Dan) McGrath.
Bill is further survived by grandchildren Megan Theisen, Harrison,
Halley and Hillary Batzler, Aaron and Brooke Zauner, Dakotah and Dallas
Nichols, Konrad, Kyle and Bennett Bartkuhn, and Christopher (Katie)
Kelly and Becky McGrath; two great-grandchildren Kendal and Aubrie
McGrath; sister Rose (Larry) Neuens; and nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceded in death by a granddaughter Hannah Batzler, a sister Lillian
and her husband Joseph Topor, brother Ralph Zauner, brother-inlaw/ best
friend Larry Neuens and former wife Andree Zauner.
Visitation Saturday, Oct. 12 at Wisconsin Memorial Park — Family Center,
12875 W. Capitol Drive, Brookfield, from 1-2:45 p.m. Funeral service at
3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Paralyzed Veterans of America (www.pva.org),
Samaritan’s Purse (www .samaritanspurse.org) or the Alzheimer’s
in Bill’s name would be appreciated.
The family would like to thank the staff at Cedar Community for all
their care and support shown to Bill and his family.